Ethiopia, EU sign Joint declaration

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Ethiopia and the European Union have signed a joint declaration, in Brussels, Belgium today (June 15, 2016), a reflection of the EU's strong relations with Ethiopia. Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and President of the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, signed the declaration earmarked, "Towards an EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement", hours ahead of the 10th anniversary of the European Development Days (EDD 2016). The Strategic Engagement involves annual high-level meeting at the level of foreign ministers to assess the fulfillment of the Strategic Engagement goals. More specifically, it focuses on six sectoral dialogues including regional peace and security; counter terrorism and violent radicalization; migration; social and economic development, investment and trade; governance and human rights; and climate change and environmental cooperation. The EU-Ethiopia Strategic Engagement acknowledges the crucial role played by Ethiopia in Africa and the international community, as well as its significant double digit economic growth and progress towards MDGs.

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